*Police says one life lost, two Kidnapped, Vows To rescue victims
By: JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Armed bandits operating in the Birnin Gwari axis of Kaduna State were said to have again kidnapped 32 travelers on Friday June 8, 2018.
This was alleged by a group, Birnin Gwari Vanguard For Security and Good Governance, made available to newsmen on Friday night.
“This evening around 6.25pm, armed bandits along Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna road has again kidnapped ten people at Kuriga. Earlier today at Kwanar-tsauni between Udawa and Labi 22 people were kidnapped including a nursing mother.
“The latest abduction of commuters along this strategic route linking southern part of the country and the north has further deteriorated the security of Birnin-Gwari local government area, ” the statement said.
It explained that reliable sources close to the husband of abducted nursing mother said, the kidnappers are requesting five million Naira as ransom for her release together with the infant.
” The husband a retiree without monthly Pension and gratuity cannot afford to pay the ransom, ” it stated.
The group called on the federal government as a matter of urgency to conduct aerial bombardment of identified hideouts of armed bandits along Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna road, Kaduna international airport general area particularly Sabon-Birni and maidaro as well as Birnin-Gwari-Funtua road and Kamuku Forest.
“We are not safe and if care is not taking, peasant farmers in our community will not be able to farm this season due to presence of armed bandits around their farmland.
“Deployment of additional security personnel to Birnin-Gwari without aerial bombardment of armed bandit hideout and synergy with local vigilantes will be an exercise in futility.
“Time for the government to act is now, before armed bandits crushed our entire community, ” it concluded.
When called to confirm the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Kaduna State Command, ASP Aliyu Mukhtar confirmed that a kidnaping took place but disagreed with the number of victims.
According to him, in the early hours of Friday, the armed bandits attacked two commercial vehicles, leading to the loss of one life and in swift response, the police rescued the passengers of the vehicles but the kidnappers went away with one of the drivers and a female passenger.
He assured that the Police was making efforts at rescuing both victims.